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The Explanatarium

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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We're opening the phones for you to explain something to your fellow WNYC listeners. Do you just "get" something most other people find complicated? Have you done the research and figured things out? If you think you can explain something complicated or often misunderstood - in 60 seconds or less - call in.

Maybe you know exactly what the Citizens United ruling does and want to explain it to everyone. Maybe you really get what 2001: A Space Odyssey is about, and can break it down in under a minute. Did you once have a teacher brilliantly definite solipsism, or describe exactly why the dinosaurs went extinct?

If you can explain something - anything - clearly and simply, call 212-433-9692 or post below. No heavy opinion, no political rants, just compelling information and succinct clarification.



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Comments [4]

Brandy from Brooklyn

Explanation: How not to kill street trees. One shouldn't pile up soil in tree pits in order to plant flowers, this robs the tree roots of oxygen. Also, Please do not wrap tape, wire, christmas lights around trees (or at least don't leave them there for an extended periods of time). This will also choke the tree, leading to stunted growth and even death.

Jul. 10 2013 11:50 AM
lcruz from brooklyn

how about the "hudson river" south of federal dam in troy, being called a river, when is actually an estuary.
rivers are don't flow in two directions dictated of course by the tide of the ocean.

Jul. 10 2013 11:47 AM
Lynne Spevack

My contribution to The Explanatariaum (great idea!)

As a psychotherapist, I find that most people (including most therapists!) mistakenly overvalue content, and ignore the important biological lifestyle factors that frequently cause or contribute to their malady. For example, someone who is feeling blue or depressed or anxious or has trouble sleeping is inclined to focus on what's on his/ her mind (i.e., the content): what he's thinking about as he lies awake unable to sleep, what he's thinking about when feeling blue or anxious. In terms of results - feeling good, sleeping well - these discussions often go nowhere (other than lining often well meaning therapists' pockets). A more fruitful approach is to live a healthy lifestyle: get enough sleep (but not too much - about 8 hours - which most of us living in "the city that never sleeps" don't get), get some aerobic exercise every couple of days, spend some time outdoors in the natural light every day (even better - every morning - sunlight is a natural antidepressant), moderate stimulants (like caffeine and nicotine) if you're anxious, and moderate alcohol (a depressant) if you're blue or depressed. People could avoid spending lots of time and money in a therapist's office by attending to these lifestyle changes. One way of thinking about this is to consider how these problems are exacerbated by our modern lifestyle in which we spend more time indoors, more time awake and is more sedentary than our ancestors did just a few generations back ago.

Lynne Spevack LCSW

Jul. 10 2013 11:39 AM
John A

I was once asked by a PhD English lit. to explain 'Zardoz'* to him. That was a pleasure. * Divided, "winner take all" society? 'twas that.

Jul. 10 2013 11:36 AM

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